Davenport Community Briefing - November 18th 2021

Dear neighbours,

Local Updates & Local Public Meetings

New Sterling Road Artist Studio

I am pleased to announce that a new Artist Studio space is being created in our community as part of the development planned for 181 Sterling Road, across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in the south Junction Triangle.

On November 3rd the Committee of Adjustment approved an application for minor variance. Previously, in 2015 and 2018, the Ontario Municipal Board settled the zoning and official plan amendments for this area. The overall development of the site will include a 16-storey mixed use building with 254 residential units (75.6% one-bedroom, 14.6% two-bedroom and 9.8% three- bedroom units). A total of 84 vehicular parking spaces are proposed within a two level underground parking structure with 192 bicycle parking spaces also being proposed for residents and visitors.

The Artist Studio will be a standalone unit located on the second floor of the building and managed by local arts organization, Akin Collective. The developer has agreed to provide Akin with the finished studio space at no cost for a term of 5 years, with the option to extend every five years up to a total period of 20 years. The space will be used as a meeting/presentation space for Akin members but could also be booked by groups and/or individuals in the broader community.

I strongly believe that as a community and as a City we need to make room in new developments for artists and it is critical that we work together to deliver these kinds of spaces. Thanks to community members who identified a need, and to City Staff for working with my office to secure the studio space as part of development approvals. I am pleased that a trusted local arts organization, Akin, has embarked on a long-term agreement to manage this new space which will help ensure local artists will have secure and affordable space for their work.

Davenport Holiday Community Skating Party

On Sunday December 5th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, come enjoy the holiday music, hot drinks, and festive spirit at our Holiday Community Skating Party at Earlscourt Park Skating Rink!

In the spirit of the Holiday Season, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to our local food bank at Oasis Dufferin Community Centre.

RSVP at www.anabailao.com/holiday_community_skate 

Friday Vaccine Clinics at the South Asian Women's Centre

The South Asian Women's Centre will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic every Friday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. This clinic is open to residents born in 2009 or older, no appointments are required -- walk-ins are welcome. OHIP is not required, other forms of ID will be accepted.

If you still have not received your first or second dose, take the opportunity now and visit the South Asian Women's Centre at 800 Lansdowne Ave, Unit 1.


Upcoming Local Events:

Holiday Tree Lighting in Bloordale (November 19th)

Let's get together on Friday, November 19th to celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with some treats, good vibes and the official tree lighting of the community tree. Treats will be provided from local Bloordale businesses. Leave a message of hope and hang it on the tree!

Christmas Elf Hunt in Corso Italia BIA (November 20th)

It’s that time of year again! The Corso Italia BIA's Christmas holiday event will be taking place on Saturday November 20th from 1PM to 6PM. They will have holiday entertainment on St. Clair Avenue West, including, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Olaf from ‘Frozen’, elf balloonists, carolers, stilt walkers and more!

The event will be capped off with a tree lighting ceremony at the 20ft Christmas tree located in the heart of Corso Italia at Via Italia starting at 5:15PM.

For more information, visit their website here.

Metrolinx - Davenport Diamond Greenway Project Community Pop-Ups (November 19th & 22nd)

The Metrolinx Toronto West Community Relations team will be hosting two community pop-ups for the Davenport Diamond greenway project, and are encouraging residents to attend, ask questions, and learn more about the project. 

November 19th - Campbell Ave and Dupont St (Hale Coffee) from 7:30am to 9:30am.

November 22nd - Campbell Park from 3pm to 5pm.

Charitable Sock Vending Machine - A Way to Give Back @ Dufferin Mall

A local organization - Sock Footage - has installed a unique vending machine full of colourful socks at Dufferin Mall. This machine is stationed against a pillar near winners for a full year. What makes this special is that when you buy a pair of novelty socks (with fun, wacky designs and images), a second pair of Grey cotton socks will drop simultaneously and free of charge for you to donate to someone less fortunate. A plexiglass bin is affixed to the side of the vending machine to facilitate any on-site donations, but the concept is based on the honour system, so consumers have the option to take away their free pair of socks to donate directly to someone in need. 

Socks are the most needed, but least donated items to shelters for those experiencing homelessness. This machine helps to fill this need, particularly in the midst of this pandemic where vulnerable people have been severely impacted.

Sock footage has chosen to partner with Sistering, a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.

The Turtle Project - A Celebration of Inner Strength (December 3rd)

The Turtle Project is an evening of live entertainment and the pinnacle fundraising event for the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation. Inspired by Anne Marie’s character and in remembrance of her spirit, The Turtle Project will be held on December 3rd each year. It will be a culmination of the foundation’s fundraising and awareness efforts while commemorating Anne Marie’s birthday each year.

The Anne Marie D'Amico Foundation has committed to raise $1M for the North York Women's Shelter and I am honoured and pleased to support their efforts.

For more information about this event, The Turtle Project, and the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation, visit their website here


Volunteers Needed - Holiday Gift Wrapping @ Dufferin Mall

Dufferin Mall has partnered with St. Joseph's Health Centre this December, and are looking for volunteers to help with gift wrapping at the mall. All funds received from this initiative will be donated directly to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto. For further information please see the poster below or email: [email protected]

Community Notices & Consultations

Sistering Board of Directors Applications (Due November 19th)

Sistering is accepting applications from community members interested in serving on their Board of Directors.

Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated cis and trans women, nonbinary and gender diverse people in Toronto who are experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed. They have been serving this community for over 35 years. In 2015 Sistering began operating a 24/7 drop-in which is an extension of our existing drop-in services and is a low-barrier and welcoming space for women and trans folks to come and meet service providers, peer support workers, and other participants with shared lived experience. Sistering’s work is grounded in trauma informed philosophy and based on the principles of harm reduction, trans inclusiveness and social advocacy.

Application forms are available for download at the Sistering Wesbite


Geary Avenue Parkette Playground Improvements (Survey November 15th-29th)

The City of Toronto is improving the playground at Geary Avenue Parkette, located at 15 Geary Ave between Dovercourt Rd and Ossington Ave and they would like to hear from you. The City's survey will open on November 15th, and run until November 29th. For more information on this project, visit toronto.ca/GearyParkettePlayground.

Oakwood-St. Clair Parkland Study Virtual Open House (November 24th)

The Oakwood-St. Clair Parks Plan is here! Join the virtual open house on November 24, 2021 to learn more about the study outcomes and the new parks plan.

The City is studying the parks and outdoor spaces in Oakwood Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West neighbourhood to identify opportunities for improvement. These improvements could include park upgrades, creating new parks, and better access and connections between parks and other public spaces. The findings of this study will guide short and long-term improvements to the local park system. Visit www.toronto.ca/OakwoodStClairStudy for more information & registration for the Virtual Open House. 

261 Nairn Avenue Parkette (November 30th)

Join the virtual public meeting for the new 261 Nairn Avenue Parkette on November 30, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm to review the concept designs for the new park and share your feedback.

The new park at 261 Nairn Ave. is located at the southeast corner of Rogers Road and Nairn Avenue in Ward 9 – Davenport. The City recently acquired the property, which was previously a commercial/residential building, and converted it to parkland. The new park will be designed using feedback from the community and may include the following features:

  • A playground with accessible play equipment
  • Accessible pathways and seating
  • A social gathering space
  • Shade features
  • Plantings and/or a small garden
  • Fencing

More information about the project, as well as registration for the virtual public meeting can be found at toronto.ca/261NairnPark.

SmartTrack Virtual Open Houses (TONIGHT - November 18th, December 1st & 9th)

Metrolinx will be hosting two Virtual Open Houses for residents to learn more about the future SmartTrack Stations at King-Liberty, St. Clair-Old Weston, and Bloor-Lansdowne GO Stations. Representatives from Metrolinx and the City of Toronto will give a short presentation and be able to answer questions you may have. If you are unable to attend the Virtual Open House, questions may be submitted in advance on the registration page.

King-Liberty: Thursday November 18th, 6:30-8:00pm - https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/SmartTrack/StClair-KingLiberty-Nov18 

St. Clair-Old Weston: Wednesday December 1st, 6:30pm-8:00pm - https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/SmartTrack/StClair-OldWeston-Dec1

Bloor-Lansdowne: Thursday December 9th, 6:30pm-8:00pm - https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/SmartTrack/Bloor-Lansdowne-Dec9


640 Lansdowne Avenue: Magellan Long-Term Care Home & Affordable Housing Consultation (December 2nd)

Join us at the Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about the development proposal, which will include presentations, and a Question and Answer portion providing local residents and stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The City has received an application to amend the Zoning Bylaw to permit the construction of a 7-storey mixed-use building containing 57 affordable rental dwelling units, 256 long-term beds, and non-residential uses on the ground floor fronting Lansdowne Avenue.

Date: Thursday, December 2nd 2021
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm

Information can be found at www.toronto.ca/640LansdowneAve

RapidTO: Bus & Streetcar Priority – Phase 1 of Consultation has Launched! - (Until November 28th)

The TTC and City of Toronto are developing a RapidTO: Bus & Streetcar Priority plan to deliver safe, efficient and equitable bus and streetcar service improvements through transit priority solutions over the next ten years. Transit priority can make bus and streetcar service more reliable, reduce delays and shorten travel times on congested roadways.

You may be wondering about the roadways identified as part of TTC's 5-Year Service Plan & 10-Year Outlook. The Eglinton East Bus Lanes were installed in 2020. Jane Street is being studied and is expected to begin public consultation in 2022. Dufferin Street in our community and Steeles Avenue West, Finch Avenue East and Lawrence Avenue East will be evaluated and prioritized as part of RapidTO: Bus & Streetcar Priority. The complete list of roadways identified for evaluation and prioritization is available on the project web page.

Find all details at toronto.ca/RapidTO. The comment deadline ends on November 28, 2021, at 11:59pm.


City Updates and Consultations

Planning & Housing Committee - November 25th

2021 has been a year of significant action on the City of Toronto's housing file, and especially on progress with the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. The City’s actions over the past year have focused on prioritizing housing investments through an equity and resilience lens, with specific focus on people experiencing homelessness, those living in poverty, Indigenous peoples, Black and other racialized residents, seniors, renters, women and gender diverse people who have borne the brunt of the pandemic. And while there is still a lot to be done, with the help of other orders of government, community partners, health partners, business leaders, academic sector partners, housing advocates and residents across Toronto, we have made great strides together.

As the Chair of the City's Planning and Housing Committee, I am happy to report on some of the progress we have made, as well as what we hope to accomplish going into 2022.

Since the fall of 2020, the City and its partners have:

  • Opened the first two modular supportive housing buildings within nine months of first approval by the City Council for people experiencing homelessness, and worked with the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness and its members to help inform the supportive housing operating and financial model these sites – one of the modular housing sites is in our community on Dovercourt Road.
  • Made significant progress on delivering the 24-month COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Response Plan through the federal Rapid Housing Initiative which will help create a minimum of 860 new permanent supportive homes for people experiencing homelessness by end of 2022.
  • Partnered with Toronto Community Housing Corporation to create 450 supportive housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness using vacant rent-geared-to-income apartments and layering on support services secured through the province.
  • Established the Housing Secretariat as corporate lead for all housing accountabilities, responsibilities, and functions marking a strategic shift in how the City of Toronto plans and delivers housing and homelessness services.
  • Rolled out the City’s partnership with United Property Resource Corporation to unlock the value of their real estate assets and help create 500 affordable homes for communities of faith of all denominations over the next five to seven years.
  • Developed a Memorandum of Understanding with Miziwe Biik Development Corporation to establish them as the main intermediary between the City and Indigenous housing providers to support the creation of 5,200 new affordable rental and supportive homes ‘for Indigenous by Indigenous’ across the city.
  • Established a new Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition program aimed at protecting the existing supply of rental homes by removing market rental buildings from the speculative market and securing them as permanently affordable housing.
  • Made strong progress on advancing the Housing Now Initiative with development partners selected for the first three sites plus a commitment of over $1.3 billion in land, financial incentives, and staffing resources making it possible for the City to achieve over 50% of its ten-year 10,000 affordable homes approval target in less than three years.

In 2022, the City will continue to focus on increasing the supply of good quality, adequate and affordable homes through a number of priorities actions including:

  • Continuing to incentivize the development of affordable rental homes on land owned by the nonprofit and private sectors through the Open Door program.
  • Advancing 21 Housing Now sites that are expected to deliver approximately 11,500 rental homes including a minimum of 5,600 affordable rental homes, and creating a pipeline of future sites in early pre-development stages.
  • Implementing the Vacant Home Tax, which aims to make vacant homes available in the housing market either by renting or selling, to improve both availability and affordability of housing supply.
  • Implementing Inclusionary Zoning in Minister-approved Protected Major Transit Station Areas.
  • Completing detailed financial impact analyses of the new income-based definition of affordable housing on City programs such as Housing Now and Open Door and in consultation with housing organizations, and recommend program changes and/or other mitigation strategies to address the impact on the new affordable housing definition

Other key actions the City will take in 2022 include:

  • Establishing a working group with Black and Black-serving organizations to develop a set aside of new affordable and supportive homes for Black residents, and support Black-led affordable housing projects.
  • Increasing affordable housing opportunities for women and girls in collaboration with the Violence Against Women sector and other women-serving organizations.
  • Continuing to work with the Accessible Housing Working Group, comprised of accessibility advocates and people with lived experience to assess adequacy of accessibility requirements in the City’s current programs.
  • Continue to leverage City resources and programs to support the climate resilience efforts including retrofitting of existing residential buildings, including Toronto Community Housing buildings.
  • Continue to advocate for funding from the federal and provincial governments to deliver at least 500 more supportive homes. The City will also require approximately $48 million annually and ongoing to provide support services in 2,000 supportive homes created in in 2021 and 2022.
  • And more!

More information, as well as the full HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan 2020-2021 Progress Update can be found here

Third Dose Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccines

In recent days, Toronto Public Health and the City of Toronto have updated their guidelines for Third Dose Eligibility.

For the general population, two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines provides strong protection against severe illness and hospitalization. This includes protection against the Delta variant of concern. Research has shown that certain groups may be at higher risk of what is known as “waning immunity” – a decrease in vaccine protection over time.

On November 3, 2021, the Government of Ontario expanded eligibility for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Health Canada also licensed mRNA vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna) to be provided for booster doses. The following groups are eligible:

  • Vulnerable Adults (65+) in Congregate Settings
  • Older Adults (70+) in the community
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis Adults
  • Health Care Workers Opens in new window and Essential Caregivers who have direct in-person contact with patients
  • Anyone who got a complete vaccination series of a viral vector vaccine (e.g., two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen)

Further information about COVID-19 Vaccinations, including future upcoming information, visit the City's website here

Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods Public Survey - (Until December)

From now and until December 2021, the City is looking for your feedback on expanding permissions for multiplexes across the city. Fill out a short survey and have your say!

Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods is a City of Toronto initiative I have supported to facilitate more low-rise housing in residential neighbourhoods to meet the needs of our growing city. The City is working to expand opportunities for “missing middle” housing forms in Toronto, ranging from duplexes to low-rise walk-up apartments. All of these housing types can be found in many parts of Toronto today, but they are also limited in where they can be newly built. Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods is one solution among a range of City initiatives to increase housing choice and access and create a more equitable, sustainable city.



MusiCounts Music Instrument Grant (Due November 25th)

As you may know, Toronto will again be hosting the JUNO Awards in May 2022. The City's partnership with the JUNOS is helping to advance the Toronto Music Strategy by advancing key shared goals. MusiCounts is the JUNOS' affiliated charity, focusing on making music education accessible for youth across Canada by providing musical instruments, equipment, and resources. One of MusiCounts' annual pillars is the Band Aid program, through which under-resourced schools can apply for grants of up to $15,000 that they can spend on musical instruments and equipment at their discretion -- including "non-traditional" instruments and equipment used in contemporary genres. Applications are now open until November 25th, 2021. 


Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme (Due November 28th)

Are you working to address climate change in Toronto? Apply to the City of Toronto Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme for help to take your climate-related project or business start-up to the next level! Apply by November 28th. More information can be found on the City's website here.  

Davenport Construction Notices

Toronto Hydro: Dufferin Streetlight Replacements (November 2021)

Through the month of November, Toronto Hydro will be replacing aging street light infrastructure on Dufferin Street between Bloor Street West to Dundas Street West. Work hours for this project will take place Monday to Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm.

Innes Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation (November 2021 to June 2022)

This notice provides an update on rehabilitation of the Innes Avenue pedestrian bridge over the Metrolinx track.

The project start and end dates have been revised due to the delay in execution of the contract agreement by the Contractor and their availability to initiate work on site.

Toronto Hydro: Overhead Electrical Work along Ennerdale Road & Surrounding Streets (December 2021 to June 2022)

From December 2021 to June 2022, Toronto Hydro will be proceeding with overhead electrical work along Ennerdale Road and surrounding streets. Please see the notice for further information on this project

Metrolinx: Davenport Diamond Notice - Hydro Pole and Overhead Hydro Relocation at Wallace Avenue Rail Crossing (November 15 to December 15 2021)

To facilitate construction of the new Wallace Avenue bridge, two existing hydro poles and their overhead hydro lines need to be relocated. The hydro poles are located on the south sidewalk of Wallace Avenue on either side of the rail crossing, and they are being relocated about one metre east of their current positions. The work will take approximately four weeks to complete and there will be some impacts to the immediate area, including power outages which will be communicated once dates and times are known.


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